How to Trace Harassing Email

Unfortunately there is no easy way to identify the sender of a harassing email.–PC Pitstop.

How to Trace Harassing Email

By Leo Notenboom

My son has been receiving harassing e-mail that is sent to his Yahoo account and on Facebook. How do I find out the IP, and where and who they are coming from?

I think it’s kind of frightening how often I get questions like this one.

The sad reality is that the answer for most people is very, very simple:
You don’t.

So what can you do?

Let’s be clear: you cannot trace the source

Each time I write on this topic, I’m immediately flooded with even more requests similar to this one, which indicate folks have missed the point of the article. I don’t mean to be rude or obnoxious, but I need to be excruciatingly clear at the outset:

You cannot trace the origin of an email to an individual, an address, or, in most cases, even a specific computer. If there’s any hope at all, it requires the involvement of law enforcement.

If the sender of an email does not want to be identified, and if the email does not clearly identify who it’s from, there’s no way for you as the recipient of that email to trace it back to the person who sent it.

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